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An Inkwell of Pen Names tells the tales of a hundred authors' pen names in 100 brief chapters. Many different authors who used pen names are mentioned by the way. beneficial properties of the compendium comprise pen names starting with each letter of the alphabet, authors from twenty-five nations, the recipients of the Nobel Prize for literature who used pseudonyms, and a balanced collection of women and men authors.

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The Square Cat (1959), produced in the Yorkshire city of Scarborough, starred Ayckbourn playing the part of a rock singer. Love after All (1959), Dad’s Tale (1960), and Standing Room Only (1961) were also brought out under the name Roland Allen. Ayckbourn’s pseudonym was obtained by juxtaposing Helen Roland, the name of an actress who became his wife in 1959, with an alternate spelling of his own first name. As time passed the marriage failed and Ayckbourn also became confident and successful enough to chance writing under his own name.

Browne helped Shaw find a publisher for his Sayings in 1865. Humor famous for egregious errors in English was later seen in the work of Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936), who was better known as Mr. Dooley. Browne’s first use of a pen name occurred in 1851 when a piece called “An Incident” appeared in The Carpet-Bag magazine under the name Chub. Did Browne purposely choose the name Chub because he was so slim? Over the next thirteen months nine more pieces by Browne were published in the magazine as the work of Chub or Lieut.

Stratemeyer’s daughter, Harriet, who inherited the successful series empire from her father, carried on the business and did a great deal of writing. Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, which she became after her marriage to Russell V. Adams in 1915, wrote about two hundred novels, writing into her mid-eighties. Adams used seven pen names during her career. She wrote fifty-six Nancy Drew mysteries between 1930 and 1978. All of these novels were written under the name Carolyn Keene. The first book in the series was Secret of the Old Clock (1930); The Mystery of Crocodile Island (1978) was the last.

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